Spider Veins

What are Spinder veins?

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are superficial veins that appear as networks of blue or purple veins on the surface of the skin. They get their name because they can resemble a spider web or tree branches. While they are commonly found on the lower legs, they can also appear on the thighs and even on the face.

Common causes of spider veins include:

  • Underlying venous insufficiency
  • Heredity
  • Hormonal changes
  • Pregnancy
  • Trauma to the skin
  • Sun damage over an extended period of time
  • Other skin conditions, such as rosacea
  • Weight gain
  • Prolonged periods of sitting or standing

Spider veins are often treated as a cosmetic concern. However, they can be an indication of a  more serious, underlying venous condition.  Sometimes it can be caused by liver failure or an underlying malignancy (cancer).  That is why it is a good idea to have spider veins  evaluated when they become more than just a minor “eye sore”.

Interestingly, getting rid of spider veins “completely” is not an easy thing.  The best treatment for addressing spider veins usually involves combining several types of therapy to address patient-specific vein problems.  At the core of current treatment is the use of  liquid or foam sclerotherapy, the best mode of treatment available.  This is supplemented by using VeinGogh, a treatment device utilizing Ohmic thermo-coagulation, which focuses on the smallest, hard-to-address veins.

It is absolutely important that before you go to any available treatment centers for spider vein treatment, that you see a vein specialist to make sure that there is no underlying venous insufficiency.  If you get your spider veins treated when there is venous insufficiency underneath, they will come right back and you will have wasted your money unknowingly.

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We would love to answer any questions and explain the latest treatments for spider veins. Our friendly Springfield, MA office staff can be reached by phone at (413) 732-4242 or use the form below.